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Figuring Out Different Home Theater Cables

DisplayPort connector

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As a follow-up to our product review of 15ft HDMI cables, we found that technology and how-to site How-To Geek has put together a great primer on the difference between VGA, Composite, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort cables and connectors.  They also get into the nitty-gritty of why you would want to use one type over the other and offer their recommendation at the end. Read more of this post

Product Review: 60″ Sharp Aquos LED HDTV

Sharp Aquos 60-inch 1080p 204Hz LCD HDTV

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So, a funny thing happened during my last business trip.  I got a phone call from my wife.  She was a little upset because she turned on our television – a Mitsubishi 55″ Rear Projection TV – and everything was pink.  No matter what channel she turned it to, the entire set was pink.  Now, this particular television was about seven years old.  Not ancient, by any means, but it had been moved once or twice and had lived ‘at the beach’ (we rented an apartment four blocks from the ocean for four years), so it had been exposed to some harsh environments.  I figured my trusty stand-by had finally kicked the bucket.

When I finally got home about three days later, we headed out to a local electronics store and zeroed in on a Sharp Aquos 60-inch 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV. Read more of this post

Product Review: 15ft HDMI Cable

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I recently purchased a new Sharp Aquos 60-inch 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV a few weeks ago after my Mitsubishi 55″ Rear Projection TV supposedly dumped out on me – it’s a long story that culminates in me not checking the cable box and that being the culprit. Anyway, I had been running three-wire HD component video for years on the old Mitsubishi and decided that I wanted to upgrade to HDMI cables. There were many reasons for this decision: A) they take up less room, B) when I buy a receiver, it will be easier to integrate everything and C) everything I read said I would get a better picture if I changed from component to HDMI cables.

So, I was in.  Changes things up and see where we go.  When I was buying my TV, I looked around the store (name withheld to protect the guilty) and was appalled at the prices I was seeing.  They were honestly asking $100 or more for a 8′ cable.  Are you serious?  Highway robbery at the best.  Let me just say that, as an engineer working with electronic communication equipment in defense contracting, I deal with cables on a regular basis and have a good idea how much they cost.  The cable I deal with – and these are ruggedized, We-can’t-afford-failure-in-the-sandbox cables, not your rinky dink home theater cables – cost about that to manufacture.  And most of that cost is the heavy-duty MIL-SPEC connectors on each end.  I can’t believe that a home theater cable could cost so much. Read more of this post